One amazing skill for kids to learn is to learn how to swim. I did not learn how to swim until I was 12 years old, and I must say that I sometimes get leary about getting into the water still. My 7 year old son had hai first swim class today, and he had a blast.
It was very interesting seeing him interact with the other children. He was the biggest child in the level one class. We put him in swim classes because my son like to explore. My advice to parents is to not do like I did and wait so late to put your child in swimming class. Checkout your YMCA and local recreation centers for classes. You may even be surprised to find that some centers offer year round classes with indoor pools.